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Wizard Wolf - Bellwoods Brewery

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86
very good

53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 8.14%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bellwoods Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
At the time of its inception, this was a very unique beer for Bellwoods to brew. Though we were earning a reputation for making a lot of high ABV, full-flavoured brews, we still couldn’t deny the appeal of something easy drinking and sessionable. Not really wanting to go the route of the lager, and inspired by the hop-forward low alcohol pale ales emerging from the states, we devised the Wizard Wolf. Weighing in at 4.8% this deceivingly flavourful session ale is easy to drink, and doesn’t knock you off your feet after just one.

(Beer added by: jrenihan on 04-10-2013)
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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

Photo of ssmack
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

500 ml bottle from brewery.

Dark amber caramel colour. Half inch fine head. Good streams of carbonation. Some lacing but it slides away.

At first lemon citrus hops aroma that quickly fades. Then nice buttery caramel.

The taste is weak. The dark colour makes me expect strong malt taste. The aroma promises more hops. The strongest flavour is burnt toast. Mild caramel and mild herby hops. Low bitter aftertaste.

A watery feel but good carbonation bite.

This is a light pale ale. It is definitely a session ale as the label says but I need an ale with a stronger flavour.

Photo of Jeffo
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a couple of these from the brewery on a fly-by visit. Wish I could have hung out longer and had a few brews at the garage. Next time.

From a 500ml bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, looser, foamy white head with good retention. Cloudy orange in color with medium levels of carbonation. Head fades to a faint, splotchy wisp that remains the whole way and leaves some nice lacing down the glass. Loose hear, but it left some nice looking lacing.

SMELL: Pale malts, honeydew melon, pine and grapefruit with some light melon citrus aromas. Really nice stuff.

TASTE: Some pale malts, grainy bread, a touch of malty sweetness, then some floral bitterness at the swallow. Big but dry finish of floral bitterness and touch of grainy bread flavors. Little sweetness; mostly a bitter hop finish with grainy flavors.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes dry. Some bitterness lingers.

OVERALL: The nose on this one is great, but unfortunately the flavors don't follow suit. This one is a little too grainy for my tastes, as well as being bitter for the sake of being bitter; didn't get as much flavor out of the hops as the nose had suggested. Still a good low ABV session beer here, but not something I'd have to jump at again.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of biegaman
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Wizard Wolf is a unique name but the beer looks pretty ordinary; lemon curd yellow against the light, the beer has bright highlights but a consistently blurry complexion. Its head is firm and foamy and maintains its size and form even as the liquid beneath it drops.

The leafy, earthy, raw hop smell reminds me of harvesting hops from a friend's backyard vines. But this bouquet doesn't herald the typical notes of tropical fruits or resinous serums; it actually smells a lot like a green tea (with a side of honeyed biscuits).

Wizard Wolf is 'politely pungent' - the crude earthiness of the hops makes a brief appearance on the palate but quickly crumbles. Far from bitter, the mouthfeel is marked by a very prominent maltiness and, by extension, lots of wholesome fresh-baked breadiness.

That honey-nut cereal grain taste dominates the flavour. In fact, there's very little else to describe the beer by. While its mild and simple profile serves it well as a so-called "session ale" (4.8% is basically 5%, not session-strength by definition), it makes it challenging to review.

Wizard Wolf has hops that howl but not bite. Dry-hopping affords this ale a good amount of hoppiness without taking away from its mainstream agreeableness. Indeed, while most Bellwoods offerings are out of this world, this one falls squarely into the realm of the ordinary.

Photo of jrenihan
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

No date on the bottle, but it can't be more than a week old.

Beer is cloudy orange. A very small white head dissipates quickly. No lace.

Smell is nice; hop focused with lots of tropical and citrus fruit. Some grapefruit, pineapple. A bit of a herbal scent and slight bready malt.

Taste is fairly bitter (surprisingly so). Hop focused again, but not as full as the nose. Pineapple, grass, a bit of pine. Some bready malt. Lingering bitter aftertaste.

Light bodied, moderate carbonation. Refreshing. A bit thin, but certainly a good feel for a beer designed for sessioning.

Overall, fairly flavourful for a low abv beer, but my first impression is that I would take the Common Pale Ale over this.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention with some good lacing. Aroma of earthy hops with light citrus notes is quite interesting. Taste is a solid mix of citrus and earthy hops with some light dry caramel malt. Body is fuller than expected with good carbonation. Hoppier and tastier than I had expected for a low ABV session-style beer. I wish this was accessible to me.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from brewery. Enjoyable bitter ale, more so than being a classical APA. Light citrus. Floral hops. Moderate foam head on light orange body. Soft mouthfeel. Very drinkable and refreshing. I see this being available in cans, replacing much big lot beer.

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Wizard Wolf from Bellwoods Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.